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    So I went to the doctor for a possible kidney infection.

    Symptoms: pain when voiding, urgency, can't really "go", right flank pain (where the kidney is), nausea, fatige, and a slight fever.

    I peed in the little cup, they whisked it away and dipsticked it. When I saw the doctor, she said there was a fair amount of blood in it and there was protien and something else--I forgot the name. She looked me over. Checked my eyes. Said it was good I wan't jaundice but to see my uro as soon as I can (she also had a nurse take some blood). She told me there was no bacteria on the dip but would treat me anyway (it's still going out for a culture).

    Why is it a good thing I am not jaundice? Does that mean there is something wrong but that it's not showing in my skin and only in my urine? I am VERY confused and worried.

    I am going on vacation in less than a week and the soonest appointment I could get with the uro was like the 3rd week in April.

    Should I be worried about my kidneys?


    -Gabby

    Medical "Issues":
    IC
    GERD
    Tachycardia(resting rate is 125-130 )
    Medicastions:
    Tramadol-as needed (IC)-50mg
    Elmiron 200mg twice a day
    Levsin .125mg 1-2 pills 4 times a day

  • #2
    I think the doc was just worried about your liver -- it's over there on the right side by the kidney, and while pain from it is usually in the front, sometimes pain from it can refer to the back and be confused with kidney pain. If this were true, you'd be vomiting too, which you are, but you'd be jaundiced... which you aren't. So it IS a good sign.

    I think she wondered about this since there was no bacteria found ... but sometimes if there is blood and some leukocytes (likely the word you can't remember) it can mean that your kidney is inflamed from another source, like inflammation spreading from the liver. I remember once I had so many white cells (leukocytes) without bacteria in my urine that I had to have a surgical consult to make sure nothing else was going on in my abdomen (it wasn't... it was just the IC flaring).

    I wouldn't worry about it too much right now. I would definitely see your urologist as your doc says though to make sure your kidney is okay. Since I'm not a medical doctor I can't tell you any more than this, so you do need an appointment.
    ****
    Jen

    *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
    *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
    *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
    *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

    **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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    • #3
      I agree with Jen, and maybe there was some bilirubin in your urine that prompted her to have you seek further follow up.

      Hugs,
      Barb
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Babs RN View Post
        I agree with Jen, and maybe there was some bilirubin in your urine that prompted her to have you seek further follow up.

        Hugs,
        Barb
        That was the name of the other stuff! I thought if I heard it, I would rememeber. What exactly is bilirubin?

        Medical "Issues":
        IC
        GERD
        Tachycardia(resting rate is 125-130 )
        Medicastions:
        Tramadol-as needed (IC)-50mg
        Elmiron 200mg twice a day
        Levsin .125mg 1-2 pills 4 times a day

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        • #5
          Bilirubin is generally produced in the liver and is a by product of the breakdown of red blood cells. Babies with jaundice have high bilirubin in their blood because their little livers haven't fully kicked in yet. Not that I am a doc or anything but if you have alot of blood in your urine(red blood cells)that may have caused your urine bilirubin to go up. Still need to see your uro, but that would be my personal guess.

          Hugs,
          Barb
          (Babs passed away in April 2009. We honor her memory and remember her fondly. - Jill O. ICN President & Founder)

          [SIZE="1"]Proud mama of a gift named Lindsey who taught me through her autism what is important in life:angel:
          :angel: IC Angel Volunteer Coordinator :angel:
          :) Contact me via PM or e-mail if you would like to help
          I have learned all about life in 3 words: It goes on! :D--Robert Frost
          PCOS 7/85
          RSD 7/94 :headbang:
          Endometriosis 9/98 :toilet:
          Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome 9/99
          Kidney stones--too many to count
          Factor V Leiden mutation 10/02
          IC 6/03 :evilsmile
          Deep Venous Thrombosis and Cellulitis 12/05 :loco: DVT and Greenfield Placed 3/14/08
          "Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all of life"--Maya Angelou
          "Ohana means family--no one gets left behind or forgotten." Stitch[/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE]

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          • #6
            Its really weird but those were the EXACT same symptoms I had 2wks ago. I did a UA and they found protein but not bacteria in mine also. When I went to my uro she said that she thinks its a virus that IC patients are getting for some reason b/c she couldn't find anything else really wrong with me, but it wasn't just a typical flare. She didn't give me anything to treat it. Just good ole rest and plenty of water (of course-lol) and in about a week I felt better and could finally pee in the mornings again! Doing fine now. Maybe she's right?

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